Quite a few of us are reading Colson Whitehead novels, but we’ve also got a memoir from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, notorious scoundrels, and teens taking on a corrupt system. What do you plan to read on this rainy weekend? Let us know on Facebook!
“I’m currently reading (well, listening to, really!) The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower. I chose this because I enjoy memoirs, and when I saw it I thought it would be a fun and interesting read during the election season, without being burdened down with heavy politics! I like that it was compiled via interviews with so many staff, spanning so many different presidencies. One thing I learned is that the residence service staff does not change with the change of President!” – Jesse, Children’s Department
“I’m currently reading Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom by Vanessa Kelly. After reading another title by Ms. Kelly, I wanted to see if the humor she infused in her tales carried through. So far, her writing style is similar and I’m having a great time reading about her characters.” – Susan, Children’s Department
“I’m reading Uncaged the first book in the Singular Menace series by John Sandford and Michele Cook. I picked this book after reading about it on Unshelved.com, the librarian comic strip. Every Friday, they have book club with recommended readings and reviews. I’m really enjoying the fast paced action. Can’t wait to read the second in the series next.” – Pam, Reference Department
“I’m reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. It’s the story of a third-generation slave, Cora, who escapes along with another slave. The mind-numbing violence of slavery and racism is juxtapositioned with the kindness of strangers, yet it is the absolute horror of recounting a time in our history and its ongoing consequences that make this such a difficult read.” – Dawn, Reference Department
“I’m currently reading, in between my knitting, Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. I picked up the book because the morning book group is currently reading African American authors and because I enjoyed his novel Sag Harbor. Unlike the humorous satirical coming of age story that is Sag Harbor, The Underground Railroad is a somber reminder of American slavery. Well written with elements of fantasy, this book is not to be enjoyed but appreciated.” – Karen, Circulation Department
“I’m about halfway through Zone One by Colson Whitehead. I picked this book up after hearing about it on the podcast Literary Disco, and even though I don’t generally go in for zombie culture I was hooked by the Julia Pistell’s reading of the first page and wanted more. This novel is vividly realistic and has brought me to tears with harrowing accounts of characters’ coping with unimaginable terror all while trying to believe in reconstruction efforts that aim to rebuild civilization in a post-apocalyptic society.” – Dave, Reference Department